by Olena

Quinoa Granola Bars

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

I have love and hate relationship with granola bars. I love the convenience but hate how hard it is to make them healthy, and my kids like them at same time, right?! I also hate the cost of good granola bars. The only granola bars I buy are organic Taste of Nature. A box at Costco costs $18, ouch.

I do not eat granola bars myself but for kids they are perfect. I’m more of homemade protein bars girl, but my kids like my mango granola bars. However, we all love quinoa granola with coconut and chia and chocolate quinoa granola.

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and have made it with a few modifications. In fact, I made 5 batches to make sure my quinoa granola bars recipe works. Therefore, different pictures.

It was a lot of work to find a balance between the bars being low in sugar and yet stick together, and my kids like them. Quite a challenge, I’ll tell ya. I’d rather make 5 dinners instead.

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

I added quinoa, steel cut oats, reduced chocolate chips and omitted brown sugar. These quinoa granola bars came out great: toasted, crunchy and sweet for my taste. I do not like overly sweet things.

And kids approved! Yes, that was important since these quinoa granola bars are not for me. Usually I get a big eye roll with almost any bars I make them try. You know, kids prefer shiny store wrappers to many things homemade. This time, I didn’t have to ask twice. I think they would like more chocolate chips, but I personally wouldn’t.

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

You can get really creative with these quinoa granola bars. Replace steel cut oats with extra quick oats. Use your favourite nuts or seeds in place of almonds.

However, do not try to reduce the amount of brown rice syrup/honey and increase the egg whites in hopes of reducing sugars. That I tried and the bars wouldn’t hold together.

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

These quinoa granola bars make a great snack, especially for school lunches. And especially if your child’s school is peanut-free facility. I usually store my bars in a long loaf pan inside the pantry. Then just pop in a small sandwich bag. Wrapping bars is too much work for me but you could. This recipe makes 16 bars, so you can stock up. You could also freeze some for later.

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars. | ifoodreal.com

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Quinoa Granola Bars

5 from 4 reviews

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spread quick oats, quinoa, steel cuts oats and almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven, transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool completely.
  2. Stir in flax seed, chocolate chips and salt into cooled oats. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, add brown rice syrup/honey and coconut oil. Mix well to combine, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well again.
  3. Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and using spatula or wet hands press it firmly. You have to press really well for the bars to hold together! Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely. I usually let the bars cool in the pan for an hour and then, holding by the parchment paper flaps, transfer on a cooling rack for another hour or so. Cut into 16 bars.

Store: Store in a cool dry place for a few weeks or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Use certified gluten free oats to make the recipe gluten free. **Peanuts, hazelnuts or walnuts would work as well. ***Recipe by Just a Taste with a few adaptations.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. These granola bars are really good! I love the crunch! I used raisins instead of chocolate chips. It might have been a good idea to soak them in hot water for a bit first, as they popped out of the dense bar. What’s the best way to cut them? I found that waiting until they were totally cool meant the slab was too brittle and I could cut it properly. I was thinking of scoring it as soon as I take it out of the oven.

  2. I followed the basic recipe but used 50/50 honey & maple syrup; no choc chips in the pantry so added a tbsp of cocoa and a tbsp peanut butter; get a bit creative so tossed in some chopped prunes, dash of left over tinned passionfruit, some pumkin seeds and dessicated cocount, a tbsp of almond meal and coconut flour….why not!! Turned out totally delicious! And no trouble with binding. Definitely need the egg whites and syrup. Thanks!

  3. I love these bars and make them on a regular basis. I do add either craisins or dried cherries and have not had a problem with them binding OK. I always have some crumbles, so I save them to mix into yogurt.

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